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Dilfer cuts back on criticism of Ponder

ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer ripped Christian Ponder when he was drafted saying he wasn't able to make big time throws under pressure. Now that he's seen the rookie play, he has changed his mind, but is still slightly critical of Ponder's decision-making.
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ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer ripped Christian Ponder when he was drafted saying he wasn't able to make big time throws under pressure. Now that he's seen the rookie play, he has changed his mind, but is still slightly critical of Ponder's decision-making.

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